Site Rental

Facility Rental & Catering Services

The Arkell Museum has two indoor spaces available for rental, plus extensive gardens and grounds. The Museum provides a perfect location for a wedding, ceremony, meeting, corporate retreat, seminar, banquet, or social function. Our Memorial Garden has been a favorite location for wedding photographs for generations. Make your next event a memorable one by letting the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie serve as your host. For facilities rental information call 518-673-2314 or email

Classroom/Meeting Room
The classroom is the perfect space for small lectures and business gatherings. The light court located in the Memorial Garden allows natural light to flood this private room located in the museum’s lower level.
Capacity: 20 seated at tables; 30 seated in classroom format.
Fee: $30 per hour
Includes setup of tables/chairs, access to in-room sink, power and data (wireless) connections.

Great Hall
Large, open with natural light pouring in from the museum’s high windows this space is a unique location for banquets, wedding receptions, business meetings and seminars. Your guests will be surrounded with beautiful historic artifacts of the Mohawk River Valley. The crowning feature of the space is the one-of-a-kind floor that is a painted map of the area.

Capacity: 160 seated at tables (banquet style); 180 seated in lecture format; 36’ x 72’=2,600 square feet

Fee: $100 per hour, 2 Hour Minimum
The Great Hall is a public space. Museum visitors have access to that space during operating hours. Weddings and large parties must take place during non-operating hours of the Museum: between 6-10PM Tuesdays-Sundays.
Includes setup of tables/chairs, power and data (wireless) connections.

Access to built-in DVD/ computer projector & screen, and use of built-in sound system are available for addition fees.
Great Hall fee will be charged per hour for time renters spend decorating.
Renters provide their own linens, dishware, and approved catering.
Caterers must be approved by the Museum. Please contact us for approved caterer suggestions.
If alcohol is to be served, the caterer must provide the license and serve the alcohol.
No open flames are allowed in the space, including candles.

Memorial Garden and Grounds
Built by Bartlett Arkell in memory of his wife Louisanna Grigsby Arkell the Memorial Garden is a picturesque location for ceremonies, wedding photographs, and cocktail hours. Located off of the Great Hall this beautiful garden makes a perfect respite for guests looking to find a few peaceful moments among the flowering shrubs and fountain/reflecting pool.
Fees: $30 per hour
Use of the Memorial Garden & Great Lawn is included in all rentals of the Great Hall. Groups may choose to rent only exterior spaces. These exterior rentals do not include any extra services

Additional Services
Use of full kitchen facilities $225 per event
Includes: coffee maker, convection oven, cook tops, dishwasher, ice machine, microwave, industrial refrigerator and freezer, steamer, pot sink, warming cabinet.
Use of server kitchen facilities $100 per event
Includes: coffee maker, microwave, industrial refrigerator and freezer, serving counter, and sink.
Portable Sound System (wireless microphone and lectern) $25
Additional AV Equipment (music CD player, DVD player, projector and screen) $25
Platform Stage $50
Piano $150

Let the museum work with you to plan your wedding!

Cost: $2000
Capacity: 80 seated

Our wedding package is a base rate $2,000 for the Museum from 6-10PM Tues-Saturday. This includes the following:

Set-up and tear-down of tables and chairs
Security fees
Staff fees
3 hours of decorating time the morning of the wedding. Additional hours are charged at $120 per hour.
Wedding Reception between 6-10PM Tues-Sun. Additional hours are charged at $120 per hour.
Servery Kitchen access
Full Kitchen access
Museum Garden Access
Portable Sound System and Wireless Microphone

Renters provide their own linens, dishware, and catering. All decorations and items must be removed from the facility by 10PM the evening of the wedding.

Depending on your vision (sit down dinner, mix and mingle, etc), a variety of set-ups can be arranged.

We highly recommend Lucy Townsend Catering out of Cooperstown, NY. Lucy does beautiful displays of food and is very professional. She is well acquainted with the facility and has catered five weddings at our site within the past year and a half. Her website is

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at 518-673-2314 or email

Great Hall
Photo by Jonathan Hillyer
The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.

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